“COMING OUT UNDER FIRE is a fascinating and poignant look at how the ban affected seven lives.” - Achy Obejas, Chicago Tribune
“TONGUES UNTIED is a bracing statement of self-identity and a towering work of self-expression and self-reflection, beautifully capturing a time and place yet reverberating through the decades as a work by an artist boldly stating his Black queerness” - Mattie Lucas, From the Front Row
August 31 & September 4 | Based on the landmark book by Allan Bérubé, COMING OUT UNDER FIRE (1994, dir. Arthur Dong / USA, 71 min. In English / Format: new 4K restoration by IndieCollect and UCLA Film & Television Archive with funding provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Hollywood Foreign Press Association, and IndieCollect Donors Circle) fuses captivating interviews with nine gay women and men with archival images and documentation to explore homosexuality in the military; the essential TONGUES UNTIED (1989, dir. Marlon Riggs / USA, 55 min. In English / Format: Digital) captures histories of eroticism and transcendence among Black, gay Americans, and the sometimes violent conflicts of their intersecting identities and external pressures.
Pioneers of Queer Cinema Series: In partnership with the UCLA Film & Television Archive, the Gene Siskel Film Center presents differing, often radical explorations of sexual orientation and gender identity. Pioneers of Queer Cinema introduces and reacquaints audiences with landmark queer works and their makers, while inspiring new conversations and renewed action surrounding the complex obstacles LGBTQ+ communities continue to face. View full series here.
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